Eleanor Power and Caterina De Bacco stand in front of a projected image of a social network. (Image: Douglas Merriam Photography)

The Omidyar Postdoctoral Fellowship program is looking for creative thinkers to spend up to three years at the Santa Fe Institute.

Unique among postdoctoral appointments, this fellowship offers early-career scholars the opportunity to join a collaborative research community that nurtures creative, transdisciplinary thought in pursuit of key insights about the complex systems that matter most for science and society.  The common denominator among all SFI scientists is intense curiosity, creativity, and a desire to delve deeply into the major questions facing science and society.

The SFI Omidyar Postdoctoral Fellowship offers:

  • collaboration with leading researchers worldwide
  • up to three years in residence in Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • funds for research and collaboration
  • a structured leadership training program
  • unparalleled intellectual freedom


Top candidates for the SFI Omidyar Fellowship are already working across disciplines and have an interest in conducting original research in complex systems. Candidates must have an exemplary academic record, strong quantitative and computational skills, a Ph.D. in any scientific discipline granted within the last six years, and have demonstrated an interest in multidisciplinary research.

Omidyar Fellow Ph.D. fields include, but are not limited to: Anthropology, applied mathematics, biochemistry, biology, cognitive science, computer science, cultural evolution, ecology, environmental science, epidemiology, evolution, linguistics, physics, political science, psychology, and sustainable development.

Early-career scientists, especially women and minorities, are encouraged to apply.

The application period ends October 29. APPLY HERE.

The Omidyar Fellowship at the Santa Fe Institute is made possible by a gift from Pierre and Pam Omidyar.

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